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Thomas Dolby

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London, United Kingdom (1981 – present)

Thomas Dolby (born Thomas Morgan Robertson; 14 October 1958 - London, UK) is an English musician and producer. He is one of the great legends of . His career as a solo artist includes two of the most unique and recognizable hits of the genre, She Blinded Me With Science and Hyperactive!.

Dolby promoted himself as a kind of mad scientist, an egghead that had successfully harnessed the power of synthesizers and samplers, using them to make catchy pop and electro-funk. Before he launched his solo career, Dolby had already notched up a mouth-watering catalogue of cred as a studio musician, technician, and songwriter; after starting out as a teenaged live sound man mixing The Fall, The Members and others using a PA he built himself, he formed the arty post-punk band Camera Club (also known as Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club) with Bruce Woolley, Geoff Downes, Trevor Horn and Matthew Seligman. Within a year, he had left the group and joined Lene Lovich’s backing band and gave her his song New Toy, which became a British hit in 1981. That same year, he released his first solo single, Urges, on the English independent label Armageddon. By the autumn, he had signed with Parlophone and released Europa And The Pirate Twins, which nearly cracked the UK Top 40.

Dolby started playing synthesizer on sessions for other artists in 1982. That year, he played keyboards on ’s Pyromania and ’s Walk Under Ladders. His most distinctive session credit is that keyboard line after the chorus on ’s Waiting For A Girl Like You.

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  • Panzerfaust

    excellent musician

    2 Sep 9:49am Reply
  • jeszczeniekot

    http://jeszczenie.pl/thomas-dolby-live-in-tokyo-2012/

    7 Aug 9:30pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    а ведь очень клевый яппи, жаль, что все о нем как-то забыли

    20 Mar 1:23pm Reply
  • goldgolf

    Dein Name und Musik ist sehr gut [2]

    14 Jan 2:07am Reply
  • gimgooe

    Dein Name und Musik ist sehr gut

    4 Jan 11:28am Reply
  • Timsonourside

    "SAI-INNNN-SSSSS!" Damn never knew his work really, probably time to get familiar with another artist, might as well be Mr. Dolby! (TaureDawn I wonder if there's any possible relation to the late great doctor at all... Hmm!)

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • octopoid

    Genius [2]

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • exeter232

    Is there any sound or musical style that Thomas Dolby can't fuse together. A true innovator.

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • youre_nekoya

    知らず知らずに子供の頃から聴いて育ちました。(日本語じゃダメかなぁ、笑) ちょっと物悲しげな雰囲気の楽曲が好きかな。 長距離ドライブの時は元気な楽曲を聴いて、歌って運転してますー Flying North カッコイイ

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    "Thomas Dolby added the synthesizer part. I had a lot of respect for his musicality and his creativeness." - Lou Gramm of Foreigner tells us about the writing and recording of the track that had the greatest impact on his career, "Waiting For A Girl Like You": http://www.songfacts.com/blog/playingmysong/lou_gramm_-_waiting_for_a_girl_like_you_/

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • Luffbucket

    "Close But No Cigar" is a great great song, and sadly underrated.

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • zen-concrete

    Here's full album http://megurorecords.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-tokyo-2012 if anyone's interested. You can listen to and then buy.

    27 Jan 2013 Reply
  • d0l

    and i can take the look you give me, believe me

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • theloniusfunk

    Will be catching him tomorrow night in SF, and second time seeing him. Hope he plays "Field Work" and "Windpower"

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • kungfulasers

    Flawless performance in Seattle.

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Hakubi

    Just saw him live. He was awesome. :D

    7 Apr 2012 Reply
  • nechrist1

    SCIENCE!

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
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    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • perkoch

    mmmm, the master of intelligent pop....

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • JAMOOL

    new album is great!!!

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
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